Parks

Devereux Meadow Project

Envisioning a new urban park in Raleigh

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department intends to design and construct a new urban park and future greenway connection on a 14-acre site north of downtown Raleigh. The current site, located between to Capital Boulevard and Pigeon House Branch, is the former location of the Devereux Meadow baseball park. 

The current city-owned site operates as office buildings and vehicle service facilities used by several city departments. These current uses will be phased out as the project advances. Most of this site is in floodplain and contains areas of subsurface environmental contamination.

The contamination warrants some level of remediation and containment before becoming a public park. The level of required remediation will influence project costs and final design of park features. To date, the project consultant, Tetra Tech Engineering, has conducted environmental site assessments and initiated engagement with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality.  

The next stage of work will involve generating conceptual designs options and internal and external stakeholder engagement. The goal of this next phase will be the development of a preferred greenway, park, and stream restoration vision along with project cost estimates.  

The vision for the park may include:

  • Passive open areas and walking paths
  • Environmental and historical interpretation
  • Natural stormwater treatment areas
  • Daylighting and restoration of Pigeon House Branch
  • A greenway connection from Crabtree Creek Greenway to Downtown Raleigh

As environmental and design studies expand, the City may revise this vision based on public input and recommendations from the project consultant. Following conceptual design and pending additional funding for construction, the project plans to advance to construction documents, permitting, and construction. Project construction will likely occur in phases.  

This project is in cooperation with the Raleigh Stormwater Division and other divisions within Raleigh Engineering Services.

Project Details

 
Type:
Parks
Budget:
$2,000,000
Project Lead:
Gary Claiborne
Contractors:
Tetra Tech Engineering (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Consulting), Design Workshop (Landscape Architecture), and Ecosystems Planning and Restoration (Stream and Wetland Restoration Consultants)

Contact

 

Gary Claiborne

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Participating Department:
Engineering Services
Service Unit:
Stormwater

History

The project site is the former location of a minor league baseball field and home to the Raleigh Capitals, a farm team for the Boston Red Sox. Built in the 1930’s, some of the stadium’s walls are still in place along the west side of the property, although currently covered in dense vegetation.  After changes to the minor league team organization, the Devereux Meadow baseball field closed in the early 1970’s. The stadium was demolished and eventually converted over to the current city-owned facility.

The vision for this site as a new public park has been around for several years. The Capital Boulevard Corridor Study Report (2012) and the Raleigh Downtown Plan (2015) notes this project as a priority project.

The 2014 Parks Bond Referendum included funding for the environmental analysis, design phases, and initial construction for the Devereux Meadow Park project.  

Devereux Meadow Boundary Aerial View

Schedule

Date Activity
2017-2020 Site Environmental Analysis
Fall 2020-Fall 2021 Site Planning, Conceptual Design, and Stakeholder Engagement
TBD Phase I Construction Documents and Permitting
TBD Phase I Construction

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